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—Claude Adrien Helvetius (1715-71) French philosopher, encyclopedias

 

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Uneasy calm in Gaza after UN call  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:45:36 GMT
Sporadic fighting in Gaza punctuates the relative calm that has followed a UN call overnight for an immediate ceasefire as a Muslim festival begins. 
MH17 downing 'may be war crime'  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:26:45 GMT
The downing of Malaysian airliner MH17 in eastern Ukraine may constitute a "war crime", UN human rights chief Navi Pillay says. 
Ferry students 'floated from cabins'  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:50:48 GMT
Students who survived South Korea's ferry disaster describe how they floated out of flooded cabins, as the trial of the crew continues. 
Yukos shareholders win $50bn payout  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:08:17 GMT
A court based in The Hague has ordered Russia to pay $50bn (£29.5bn) to former shareholders in the defunct oil producer Yukos. 
Dinosaurs' extinction 'bad luck'  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:21:49 GMT
Dinosaurs might have survived if the asteroid that wiped them out had hit the Earth a few million years later or earlier, a new study suggests. 
Fears over massive Libya fuel fire  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:18:10 GMT
Libya warns of a "humanitarian disaster" after a massive fire at a fuel storage site in Tripoli, as fighting between rival militias continues. 
Lightning kills man on US beach  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:05:14 GMT
One man is killed and several people are hurt following lightning strikes on crowded Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California. 
Liberia shuts borders to curb Ebola  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:12:20 GMT
Most border crossings in Liberia are closed and communities hit by an Ebola outbreak face quarantine to stop the virus spreading. 
Bidding starts for fracking licences  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:51:22 GMT
The bidding process for licences to extract shale gas - using the controversial process fracking - will begin later on Monday, the government announces. 
Japanese girl 'dismembers classmate'  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:12:38 GMT
A high school girl has been arrested on suspicion of killing and dismembering a classmate, Japanese police say. 
Burma Top Gear breached Ofcom rules  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:00:36 GMT
Top Gear's Burma special in which Jeremy Clarkson used a racial term broke broadcasting guidelines, Ofcom rules. 
Fist bumps 'cleaner than handshakes'  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:00:49 GMT
Scientists at Aberystwyth University in Wales have shown that more bacteria are transferred by shaking hands, than by fist-bumping or high-fiving. 
VIDEO: Dog friendly buses in Hong Kong  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:58:10 GMT
A new bus service has been launched in Hong Kong for pet lovers. 
VIDEO: One-minute World News  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:43:08 GMT
Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day. 
VIDEO: Quick-thinking mother saves baby  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 07:33:56 GMT
A woman and her baby had a lucky escape, when they narrowly avoided being involved in a car accident in San Francisco.